Wednesday, 4 Oct
I’m going to start writing this post tonight, but I may not finish it. You see, right now, I have a belly full of hate and an unreal heart. The two together make me want to break something. What’s eating me up is the amount of injustice in the world that’s being perpetuated by those who can by virtue of their position or monetary status. It makes justice look like a sham, like just another one of these “moral” concepts used to keep us in bondage. Machiavelli was on to something when he wrote ”Might makes right.”
Thursday, 5 Oct
OK, I had to sleep that one off. Yesterday, James Altucher laid out an interesting:
EXERCISE: list the things you loved from ages 6-14. Figure out what you can do around those interests right now.
Basically it’s an exercise designed to help you tap back into the things you were passionate about before you got caught up with working for The Man. The sentiment creeping around the Internet theses days is that anyone can start a business around their obsession. All the tools to build the structure exist as either free tools or inexpensive tools that let you set up shop in whatever way that looks for you. And then, using the Internet as the conduit, connect up with an army of people who want to buy yourself. I’m simplifying, I know. But the theory is to start a business around the thing you are passionate about. Regardless of how ridiculous it sounds, there will be population of people out their who will gravitate to you, or so story goes.
Anyway, I thought about what I was passionate about between 6-14. I can’t recollect what I was a passionate about at 6 apart from my Star Trek action figures. I had them all. Plus a cut-out replica of the Starship Enterprise. Gary Vee would tell you to start a blog about Star Trek action figures, go to conventions and meet and connect with all the Trekkies out there and then get them to visit your site and from that you can build a community and once you have the community, you can monetise the community.
From about 10 – 12 I was obsessed with science, microbiology in particular. And then at 13 I discovered Dungeons and Dragons and became obsessed with heroic fantasy books, especially Savage Sword of Conan (I still have my entire SSOC collection). Pumping iron was my other obsession. Pretty much between the ages of 13 – 17 you could find me in the bookstore or the gym.
I stumbled upon this clip from the HBO series The Newsroom, which I have never seen, but after watching this scene, I want to rent it from Amazon and see what it’s like.
Recorded the next episode of the podcast. On discussion today was the topic of certainty.
“It is not the search for certainty. To err is human. All human knowledge is fallible and therefore uncertain. It follows that we must distinguish sharply between truth and certainty. That to err is human means not only that we must constantly struggle against error, but also that, even when we have taken the greatest care, we cannot be completely certain that we have not made a mistake… To combat the mistake, the error, means therefore to search for objective truth and to do everything possible to discover and eliminate falsehoods. This is the task of scientific activity. Hence we can say: our aim as scientists is objective truth; more truth, more interesting truth, more intelligible truth. We cannot reasonably aim at certainty.”“Since we can never know anything for sure, it is simply not worth searching for certainty; but it is well worth searching for truth; and we do this chiefly by searching for mistakes, so that we can correct them.”